October 17, 2012 Cypress, CA…..Yamaha Motor Corporation U.S. is excited to announce our professional race teams for the 2013 Supercross and Motocross Season starting at the Monster Energy Cup on October 20, 2012.
Leading the 450 charge is Joe Gibbs Racing (JGRMX) with their solid lineup of Justin Brayton, who is coming off a great 2012 Supercross season where he finished a career best 3rd overall, and Josh Grant who gave JGR their maiden win in Supercross at the season opener in 2009 and their first Motocross win at Red Bud that same year. With both riders having a successful history with the team, Justin, Josh and the rest of the team are putting their heads down and doing everything possible to start the 2013 season 100% ready to challenge for the top of the podium.
Star Racing is once again leading the 250 charge with class veteran Kyle Cunningham taking over the reins as team captain, mentor and competitor for rookies Jeremy Martin and Cooper Webb. Kyle is looking forward to entering the 2013 season healthy and ready to make his mark in the highly competitive 250F class. After an amazing amateur career that saw him win over two dozen titles, Jeremy Martin made his professional debut at the end of the 2012 Motocross season. Hampered by a shoulder injury he suffered just before the Loretta Lynn’s amateur national championship, Jeremy’s physical fitness wasn’t quite ready for 30 plus minute motos, but with a top ten finish at the final National at Lake Elsinore, he showed he has the speed and determination to dig deep when it matters the most. The final member of the team is amateur sensation Cooper Webb. Cooper is scheduled to make his debut into the Professional ranks at the start of the 2013 Outdoor Motocross season. During the first half of the year Cooper will continue to refine his skills at key Amateur National events.
Rock River Powersports will once again field a competitive team for the 2013 race season, in addition to running Yamaha’s highly popular “Pro Parts” program at all 2013 Supercross and Outdoor National events, with emergency parts available at a special price to help keep YZ riders on the track.
“We’re excited to have some familiar faces as well as some rising talent on our teams for the 2013 season. It’s a very capable group of teams and riders and we are looking forward to some exciting racing in the upcoming season” said, Racing Division Manager, Keith McCarty.